Princess Beatrice forced to recycle Queen’s dress after major wedding mishap

Princess Beatrice's wedding gown 'wasn't finished' says expert

Princess Beatrice stunned royal fans in the summer when she was revealed to have recycled a dress the Queen had previously worn on public engagements. The eldest daughter of the Duke and Duchess of York wed partner Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in an intimate ceremony at Windsor with only a few family members in attendance. While the gown garnered the praise of royal watchers, commentator Marlene Koenig suggested picking the vintage dress was the result of a major mishap.

Speaking to, Ms Koenig said: “It’s just a thought but her real wedding gown was not finished and got stuck at the designers because of Covid she could no longer work on it.

“That’s why her grandmother gave her this lovely gown and they were able to refashion it.

“She didn’t even wear a new pair of shoes which is unlikely for anyone.

“It was probably nearly done but the designer couldn’t do anything more, couldn’t finish it whereas within the bubble they could rework this gown.”

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Ms Koenig however did suggest the original wedding gown may one day make an appearance once the coronavirus pandemic ends.

She added: “I think at some point, and this is just a prediction, that her gown will be finished and it will be seen at a party to celebrate the wedding.”

Earlier in the year, a source close to Princess Beatrice suggested the royal had a “last-minute change of heart” and opted to wear her grandmother’s dress.

The said: “Beatrice made a request, and that was kindly granted—and it looked amazing! It was touching for both of them.”

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The gown was remodelled in just three weeks by Her Majesty’s dresser Angela Kelly, who refit the original Norman Hartnell evening dress to suit Beatrice.

The royal completed the outfit with the Queen’s beloved Fringe Tiara – which she inherited from her grandmother, Queen Mary after she died in 1953.

While the ceremony was intimate, Beatrice’s wedding is likely to hold a special place in the Queen’s heart as it is estimated to be the last major royal wedding Europe will get to experience for years

Ms Koenig added: “All European heirs are now either very young or just turned legal.

“The Duchess of Brabant turned 18 a few months ago. I don’t think she will marry until after she finishes her education and begins a full slate of royal duties.”

“So Princess Beatrice will mark the last big royal wedding across Europe.”

The Queen’s youngest grandchildren, Lady Louise Windsor and James, Viscount Severn, are only 17 and 13 and are therefore not expected to wed anytime soon.

The next older royals in the whole of Europe are Princess Elisabeth, heir to the Belgian throne, and Princess Ingrid Alexandra of Norway.

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